Get Creative with a Career in Graphic Design

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Do you have an interest in art, communicating ideas and problem solving? Maybe you have always wondered how publications like this are created. If so, a career as a graphic designer might be perfect for you.

A new Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design is an exciting addition at Mountwest Community & Technical College and promises to be a great option for individuals just out of high school or thinking about transitioning into a new career.

Graphic designers have the unique skill set to create and communicate ideas using both, creativity and technical knowledge. The A.A.S. in Graphic Design will focus on giving students a strong foundation in design principles and up-to-date, industry-standard software training, making them highly employable in today’s job market. Any company or organization that relies on transmitting their brand visually to the public will benefit from the design knowledge and technical skills graphic designers possess. This career field also provides the opportunity for exceptional freelance and consulting avenues, which will appeal to certain students in the program.

The Graphic Design  program’s curriculum will provide a well-rounded education for not only print design, but also online design. Students that complete this program will have the skills needed for a variety of positions, including but not limited to, specialized design firms, advertising, public relations and educational institutions. Despite the economic climate, the job outlook for graphic designers remains strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are expected to increase 13% between 2010 and 2020, making this a viable career field.

“A new state-of-the-art Apple Macintosh classroom will expose Mountwest students to many technologies graphic designers utilize daily,” said Patrick Smith, Assistant Professor of Information Technology. “Utilizing this new equipment, the Graphic Design program will provide a quality education that meets the expectations of employers and the communities we serve.”

The Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design is an excellent option for students interested in the arts and technical fields. Students who receive an A.A.S. in Graphic Design from Mountwest will possess the knowledge and skills needed to create and communicate ideas visually. The Graphic Design program will emphasize portfolio development through the study of principles and elements of design, typography, illustration, identity design, advertising design, web design and simulated real-world work situations.

Start taking classes this fall at Mountwest Community & Technical College to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design. Additional information on the Graphic Design program is available at or by contacting Patrick Smith at


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